Medical Doctor: Social Media is Not a Good Idea

MindShift: There have been increasing concerns raised over the past couple of years about the impact of excessive cellphone use and social media on young people’s development. While it’s still unclear whether any definitive link exists between social media usage and harmful health issues, more and more pediatricians are cautioning parents and teens about the potential dangers of social media.

A prominent pediatrician in South Carolina recently expressed his concerns about how social media use can be harmful for youth. “I’m very concerned about young people, especially teenagers, who spend all their time on a screen,” says Dan Gottlieb MD, past president of the South Carolina District of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “This is not good for their health, particularly when you consider the amount of sugar and salt and other sugars and salts that they’re consuming.”

Dr. Gottlieb stressed that the prime time for social media use for children is between 8:00 and 10:00 AM, when there’s sufficient daylight hours. When they start sleeping during those hours, kids are less likely to engage in healthy activities. He also suggested that students have study time between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM and practice physical fitness between 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM.

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